Armenians Demand Turkey Admits Genocide in Killing of 1.5 Million Armenians from 1915-23

Armenian communities around the world march in remembrance today of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, and in protest that more than a century later, Turkey still denies genocide in the killing of 1.5 million Armenians from 1915-1923 by the Ottoman Empire.

Ceremony to mark the centenary April 24, 201, of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in Armenia.
Ceremony April 24 marking anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide in 1915.
(Reuters: David Mdzinarishvili)

The United States is also among the countries that has not recognized the genocide despite years of resolutions introduced by U.S. Representative Adam Schiff of California and others. Schiff and U.S. Representative Dave Trott of Michigan last month again introduced a resolution urging Congress to formally recognize the genocide.

“Over 100 years ago, the Ottoman Empire undertook a brutal campaign of murder, rape, and displacement against the Armenian people that took the lives of 1.5 million men, women, and children in the first genocide of the 20th century,” Schiff said in a statement. “Genocide is not a historic relic—even today hundreds of thousands of religious minorities face existential threat from ISIS in Syria and Iraq. It is therefore all the more pressing that the Congress recognize the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide and stand against modern day genocide and crimes against humanity.”

Some 100,000 Armenians are marching in remembrance and in protest April 24 in Los Angeles, home to the largest Armenian community outside of Armenia. The Promise, a major Hollywood film about the genocide, was released April 21.

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